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June 2017

The Magi Project: Science and Theology

June 5, 2017 @ 8:00 am - June 9, 2017 @ 5:00 pm

Physical science, which is ordered towards the exploration of the physical world, can neither prove nor disprove the existence of God, who is pure spirit. However, contemplation of the physical Universe can lead people to ask deeper questions about meaning and human existence which can lead them to think deeply about the existence of God and the spiritual life. Contemplation of the Universe can also lead them to develop ideas about God based on their experiences of the physical Universe.…

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The Wicked Problem of Climate Change: What it is doing to us and for us?

June 24, 2017 @ 8:00 am - July 1, 2017 @ 5:00 pm
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Climate change is a “wicked problem” with causes and consequences in economic, ecological, ethical, and technological realms. As climate change continues to alter our planet in a manner largely out of our control, how can we use this monumental change as an opportunity for societal and spiritual transformation? IRAS 63rd Annual Conference on Star Island June 24 – July 1, 2017 Star Island, Portsmouth, NH For more information, click here! Conference Committee: Emily Austin austin.emily@gmail.com and Karl Peters kpeters396@cox.net, (Co-chairs),…

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Teilhard’s Mysticism: Spiraling into the Cosmic Christ

June 25, 2017 @ 8:00 am - July 1, 2017 @ 5:00 pm

Teilhard’s Mysticism: Spiraling into the Cosmic Christ Retreat: June 25 - July 1, 2017 Presenter: Kathleen Duffy, SSJ, PhD Maris Stella Retreat Center, Harvey Cedars, NJ During this retreat, through input, prayer, song, film, contemplative activities, and sharing, we follow Teilhard as he travels ever more deeply from Circle to Circle into the arms of the Cosmic Christ. This experience of traveling with Teilhard will guide all those of kindred spirits “who love the world” and who yearn to expand…

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August 2017

Retreat: Teilhard’s Mysticism: Spiraling into the Cosmic Christ

August 18, 2017 @ 8:00 am - August 23, 2017 @ 5:00 pm

During this retreat, through input, prayer, song, film, contemplative activities, and sharing, we follow Teilhard as he travels ever more deeply from Circle to Circle into the arms of the Cosmic Christ. This experience of traveling with Teilhard will guide all those of kindred spirits “who love the world” and who yearn to expand their mystical hearts. Presenter: Kathleen Duffy, SSJ August 18 – 23, 2018 Enders Island Retreat Center, Mystic CT Contact: Jeanne Goyette, OP jgoyetteop@yahoo.com For event flyer…

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October 2017

How Much Can Biology Explain? Charles Darwin & Bernard Lonergan, SJ

October 8, 2017 @ 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Chestnut Hill College – Commonwealth Chateau, 9230 Germantown Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19118 United States
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John Haught, PhD Distinguished Research Professor, Georgetown University 1:30 - 4:00 PM, October 8 Evolutionary biology contributes much to our present understanding of life, and it promises also to deepen our understanding of human intelligence, ethics and even religion. For some evolutionists, however, Darwin’s science is so impressive that it now supplants theology by providing what appears to be the ultimate explanation of all manifestations of life including human intelligence. By using the Jesuit philosopher Bernard Lonergan's theory of understanding…

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November 2017

Dreaming: A Gateway to the Unconscious?

November 2, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Chestnut Hill College – Commonwealth Chateau, 9230 Germantown Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19118 United States
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Bindu Methikalam, PhD Assistant Professor of Psychology, Chestnut Hill College 7 pm, November 2 Dreams are a fascinating way to gain new or deeper understanding of one’s identity.  At the same time, there are often misconceptions about dreams and exploring dreams can be confusing.  This interactive lecture will provide an overview of present research on dreams as well as some of the cultural factors associated with dream work.  Dr. Methikalam is Assistant Professor in the Clinical Psychology program and Assistant…

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Spiritual Insights on Studying the Atmosphere of Mars

November 14, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Chestnut Hill College – Commonwealth Chateau, 9230 Germantown Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19118 United States
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Brother Robert Novak, CFC, PhD Professor of Physics, Iona College, New Rochelle, NY Collaborator with NASA’s Astrobiology Institute, Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD Scientists at the Goddard Space Flight Center and their collaborators have been analyzing the components of the atmosphere of Mars, particularly, water, ozone, and methane. In this lecture, Brother Robert Novak will share details about his research and the impact of his study of Mars’ atmosphere on his spirituality and experience of community among his coworkers.…

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February 2018

Physics, Faith and the Meaning of Life – Marisa Christina March, PhD

February 20 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Chestnut Hill College – Commonwealth Chateau, 9230 Germantown Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19118 United States
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Marisa Cristina March, PhD is a cosmologist at the University of Pennsylvania where she carries out research in the field of dark energy science, a field that seeks to understand the acceleration of the Universe. Dr. March has worked on galaxy lensing for the future Euclid space mission, and she now works on supernova cosmology for the ground based Dark Energy Survey. Dr. March studied theoretical physics at Imperial College London, where she also carried out her doctoral research on…

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April 2018

Darwin and Divinity – Nelson Rivera, PhD

April 16 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Chestnut Hill College – Commonwealth Chateau, 9230 Germantown Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19118 United States
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Nelson Rivera is Associate Professor of Theology at Moravian Theological Seminary in Bethlehem, Pa. He has a PhD in Religion from Temple University, and is an ordained minister of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Dr. Rivera’s main area of teaching and research is Doctrinal Theology, with pronounced interest on the evolution of Christian doctrine, the use of theological language, and how these disciplines inform the practice of ministry. His published work covers confessional statements of faith, as well as…

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Science and Religion: The Myth of Conflict

April 24 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

The Collegium Institute presents... a Magi Project event: Science and Religion: The Myth of Conflict Prof. Stephen Barr 6.30pm Tuesday 24th April (Light refreshments at 6pm) University of Pennsylvania Stiteler Hall room 6B: 208 South 37th Street, Philadelphia PA, 19104 RSVP by clicking the link here! It is widely supposed that science and faith are inherently incompatible and historically have been at war. In this talk, it will be shown that this is a myth based largely on bad history…

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